QUECHEE, Vt. -- Led by a 1-under-par 71 from J.P. Raftery and an even-par 72 from Connor O'Brien, the Bucknell men's golf team shot 293 on Saturday and is in fifth place in a field of 14 teams at the halfway mark of the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, hosted by Dartmouth. The Bison also counted a 74 from Chris Tanabe and a 76 from Peter Bradbeer, and they sit eight strokes behind co-leaders Cornell and Harvard heading into Sunday's final round.
The Big Red and Crimson both opened with 285, followed by Princeton at 289 and Central Connecticut at 290. Bucknell is one shot in front of sixth-place Drexel and three ahead of host Dartmouth.
Raftery was one of 13 players in red numbers on Saturday. He made birdies at holes 5, 6, 14 and 15 to offset three bogeys on his card. Raftery was 3-under through 15 holes before bogeying 16 and 18. He is currently in a 10-way tied for fourth place, just one stroke back of Central Connecticut's Joseph Tucker and Harvard's Greg Royston and Ryan Rhee, all at -2.
O'Brien had four birdies and 11 pars on the day, with his only major blemish a double-bogey on the par-5 14th hole. He finished with a birdie at No. 18 to pull back to even par and sits just two shots off the lead.
Tanabe had two birdies, 12 pars, and nothing worse than bogey in his round. Bradbeer endured a roller-coaster day with only six pars in his 76. He notched three birdies and the team's lone eagle of the day, coming on No. 14.
Also playing well was Ashton Radvansky, who was entered as an individual. Radvansky shot 74 but was 2-under through 15 before a tough final three holes.
The tournament concludes with 18 holes starting Sunday morning.